Our Pre-K classroom has up 14 children with 2 teachers.
Our Pre-K classroom partners with the Solon Community School District in the Iowa Statewide Voluntary Preschool Program for children who turn 4 before the September 15th school cut-off date. We also meet the requirements of the Iowa Quality Preschool Program Standards. This program is designed to help all children in the program become better prepared for Kindergarten. The program follows Creative Curriculum for Preschool, a program based on learning through play in different interest areas including social, cognitive, and physical development as well as in literacy, mathematics, social studies, science, and the arts. Our Pre-K classroom is immersed in these interest areas by having several centers to play and learn in, including blocks, toys, discovery, sensory, computers, dramatic play, library, games, toys, art, and writing. Our preschool program is staffed by a certified teacher in Early Childhood Education and an educational associate who enjoy having Home Visits with families before the school year, a Family Night in September, as well as conferences throughout the school year. With this program parents will receive a tuition reduction for the school months of September through May.
The Pre-K Explorers have fun with learning! The children have a structured day with plenty of choice time, outdoor learning, as well as large group, and small group time daily. Teachers work hard on making sure the children are learning in every aspect of the classroom whether it is during group time, choice time, or outside time. Every day starts with Morning Meeting to work on counting at calendar time, becoming meteorologists during weather time, and going over our schedule for the day. The children have weekly jobs to make sure they all feel like a part of the classroom family. In Pre-K many themes are child-directed so the children feel like they have an active role in their learning experience. The children work on name writing, letter recognition, letter sounds, and emergent writing and reading skills. The children also work on number recognition, counting, sorting, comparing, and measuring. In Pre-K working on social and emotional skills are important as well. This includes understanding and managing feelings, interacting and making friends, and solving problems on their own. The teachers in Pre-K strive to make sure the children have fun while learning in a way that works for every individual in the classroom.